Naggar

A Royal Saga

The beautifully crafted Naggar Castle. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
The beautifully crafted Naggar Castle. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Away from the maddening crowd of the hill station of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, lies a small hilly town amidst the natural splendour with a flavour of the bygone era.Situated 21kms from Kullu on the left bank of the river Beas at an altitude of 5750 fts above the sea level, this quaint little place is Naggar, a small sleepy hamlet with commanding views of the Kullu valley. After Kullu you have to drive around 9 kms and then take right  turn to enter a small hanging bridge on river Beas to cross the river and proceed through narrow uphill road to Naggar.

Naggar Castle- rear view. picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Naggar Castle- rear view. picture Credit @ Soul Safar

About Naggar Castle

Naggar was an ancient town, the former capital of Kullu.It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and continued as a headquarters of the State until the capital was transferred to Sultanpur (Kullu) by Jagat Singh in 1460 A.D.
Located in this somnolent, pristine Naggar Town, amidst breathtaking forested hills the Naggar Castle is a magnificent historical edifice. This medieval wood and stone mansion with intricate designs is presently a heritage hotel of HPTDC. The Naggar Castle was converted into a rest house, a hundred years back and in 1978 this ancient building was handed over to HPTDC to run as a heritage hotel. The hotel overlooks the Kullu Valley with the river Beas flowing in the middle and apple orchards all throughout. Apart from such spectacular view and superb location this place has a flavour of authentic western architecture.

The Coutyard- Naggar Castle. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
The Coutyard- Naggar Castle. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

The entrance of the hotel is just bang on the roadside with an ornately crafted wooden gate. Each and every room of the castle has a suitable name and is refurbished accordingly, each decked up with intricate wooden furniture of the royal era to bring the appropriate feel.

 

 

 

 

Places to visit

While at Naggar you can visit the Jagatipatt Temple inside the upper courtyard of the castle adjacent to a suite. Inside this small temple there is a small square structure which contains “Jagtipatt” a slab of small stone which is said to have been brought from a place near Vashisht by honey bee.

Roerich's Art Gallery at Naggar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Roerich’s Art Gallery at Naggar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Next the Tripura Sundari Temple situated in the upper part of the village is a worth visiting place. This is a pagoda shaped wooden temple with intricate wooden carvings. The deity inside is Tripura Sundari or Devi Durga.
The most significant and beautiful place of Naggar is Nicholas Roerich’s Art Gallery,the former residence of noted Russian painter and spiritualist Nikolai Roerich, who died in Naggar in 1947. His home had been converted to an art gallery.The lower floors display some of Roerich’s surreally colourful landscapes, while the upper floors preserve the artist’s private rooms. The 1930 Dodge car of Roerich outside the house will surely draw ypur attention.Deep down the hill through dense woods his grave rests in utter silence and peace. A five minute walk uphill from the gallery is the Urusvati  Himalayan Folk & Art Museum which houses ethnological artifacts and photos of early days of the Himalayan Research Institute

Jagatipati Temple inside the Castle. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Jagatipati Temple inside the Castle. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Tripura Sundari Temple at Naggar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Tripura Sundari Temple at Naggar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

This place has a quite few European food joints serving authentic foods as lots of foreigners often visit this beautiful hamlet called Naggar. They prefer to stay in the near by home stays and cottages in the village.
Nowadays a lot of tourists flock in to Naggar, most of them are day visitors from Manali. For them the Naggar Castle charge an entry fee.The castle itself is a masterpiece of art and architecture with a museum in it.There is also a souvenir shop inside the castle with a decent collection of Kullu handicrafts and hand loom textiles.

Naggar is a bliss to your soul.Either you travel with your partner or alone or in a group, Naggar will fill your heart with sheer joy, the joy of reconnecting with the nature and knowing oneself.

For your Soul Safar to Naggar feel free to contact us at indira@soulsafar.in. We will be happy to guide you.

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